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Disney's 'Peter Pan' at 65


Cnews: Most of us need eight hours' sleep, posh skin cream and a macrobiotic diet to halt the advancing years. Peter Pan -- that lucky little imp -- gets by on a little faith, trust and pixie dust.

JM Barrie's creation may never age but this year marks the 65th anniversary of the Disney movie that set imaginations soaring with tales of Lost Boys, swashbuckling pirates and an ominously ticking crocodile.

A paean to the wonder of youth but a poignant reminder that it doesn't last forever, "Peter Pan" is steeped in "a child's imagination and where it can take us," says Disney historian Mindy Johnson.

"We as adults need to return to that sometimes and this is a constant reminder of that -- to regain our sense of wonder, magic and imagination," she told AFP at the Disney lot in Burbank, California.

Barrie, a Scottish writer, created Pan in stories that he told the sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies, naming the character for the youngest of the boys and the Greek god of the woodlands.

His 1904 play and 1911 novel follow the Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- as the mischievous Peter and his fairy friend Tinker Bell whisk them off to the magical island of Never Land.

Maude Adams as Peter Pan. Photo: CollectedThey visit Peter's secret hideout with the Lost Boys and leap into high-flying battles with the infamous villain Captain Hook, who has his own problems as the quarry of Tick-Tock the Croc.

"Here is a story, it seemed to me, which had never been quite fulfilled, despite its wonderful career on the living stage, a story which deserved the added dimension of animation on the screen," Walt Disney said.

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